The reason that cravings are so dangerous to our weight is because they are very specific. When we are hungry, we will eat the closest edible thing we can find, whereas cravings may cause you to drive all the way to the other side of town just to go get some deep fried ice cream. The other problem with cravings is that they are most often cravings for things with lots of sugar, or something fatty and deep fried.
What Causes Cravings?
There are different factors that might cause you to crave, such as emotional factors in your life, or when your hormones are all over the place. However, the biggest reason for cravings is unstable blood sugar levels.
When your blood sugar levels are constantly fluctuating – especially when they drop down low – you start to crave things like sugar because your body is looking for a quick pick-me-up. This is why we usually crave things like chocolates, sweets, ice cream, or a can of soft drink to give our sugar levels a boost.
Stop food cravings!
The good news about cravings is that you can stop them! Here are a few simple tips on giving cravings the boot:
A common misconception is that when you don’t eat at all, you will lose weight. However, if you don’t eat your blood sugar can take a dive, and you end up craving everything that is unhealthy. Numerous studies have concluded that the best time difference between meals is 3-4 hours. This means that you should eat smaller meals, or healthy snacks between meals.
Low GI foods are the best option as they don’t cause such large spikes in blood sugar levels as high GI foods do. This helps prevent blood sugar drops and in turn, cravings.
Cut back on sugar and salt
Overuse of salt and sugar in your food may cause you to think that food with less of it is bland, and leave you craving something sweeter or more salty than what you just ate. Keep your body used to things that are only lightly salted, and not over-the-top sweet.
Beware of sweeteners
Although they may contain less calories than actual sugar, they are often much sweeter and may cause you to crave more sweet things.
Processed foods are a no-go
So you might have a rough day at work, then you get home and you’re not in the mood to cook, along with being a bit down from whatever happened at work – hello processed food! These are usually very convenient and a delight to your taste buds – but they are a nightmare for your weight! Processed foods are easily craved after as they are considered as such of the best comfort food.
Getting your heartbeat up is a great help as it reduces cortisol, which is the stress hormone, and makes you feel happy by releasing things called dopamine, adrenaline, and serotonin. Not to mention it burns calories! This is truly a great way to avoid the risk of cravings.
Diet and Supplementation
Like mentioned above, a low GI diet can be one of the best ways to control blood sugar levels and cravings. The Manna Diet is a well-known Low GI diet that can help you to control cravings and lose weight the healthy way. We also recommend taking the Manna Blood Sugar Support tablets with each meal to help reduce the GI of each meal. This supplement can help to control blood sugar levels, stop cravings and suppress appetite.